The 2018 DAYTONA 500 serves as the pinnacle for the six decades of historic performances, heroic figures and spectacular moments that transformed Bill France’s dream into “The Great American Race.” The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season began anew with this showcase of speed, skill and determination as drivers battled the famed 2.5-mile trioval and its 31-degree banking to earn the coveted title of the DAYTONA 500 Champion. Austin Dillon ended up winning the race after a last lap crash that was a huge turn of events. It was the first time in 20 years that the #3 saw the winner’s circle at Daytona since the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr. If you didn’t make it to this year’s Daytona 500, don’t miss out and be sure to make it next year!
Wanna Go Fast Ocala 2018, held at the Jumbolair Airport (www.jumbolair.com) located in Ocala, Florida, nestled in the Horse Capital of the World. Participants were given a chance to take their vehicles top speed down Jumbolair’s private 7550 ft runway and race door-to-door against the competitor of their choice. Within this same event a project car challenge was going on between 10+ notable Youtube stars. More info on this challenge can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-KXPjBwbeA
In this video we take a step back in time to appreciate the classic car that is the poster child for the American dream. Nothing screams America like a tire shredding ’68 Camaro with no mufflers. Steve’s classic ’68 Camaro is a work in progress. It was his first car at the age of 16 and he’s had it since. The next big step is to get the car painted gloss black, as you can see it has flat primer on it currently. Major props to builds like this that keep the culture moving forward. The heartbeat of America is alive and well, also it’s probably still faster than whatever you drive 50 years later.
STREET RACING MADE SAFE IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES A SAFE AND LEGAL ALTERNATIVE TO ILLEGAL STREET RACING. Street Racing Made Safe offers the only solution to illegal street racing through education and simulation. At the events they simulate every option of street racing in a controlled environment. SRMS controls everything and give standards to that which street racing has never had. At SRMS events you have the option to do DIG racing and Roll Racing with different MPH options. I had a great time at SRMS and if you ever feel the need to street race, don’t! There is a safe and legal option at a track near you that simulates the street racing experience without the danger or legal consequences!
It’s that time of year again to gather all car enthusiasts to one location for a special day of meeting new people, showing off your ride and helping out those in need. Put on by Air Lift Performance, BC Racing North America and BC Forged NA at Destination Daytona, an amazing venue that houses restaurants, bars, a hotel and much more! This event produced generous amount of donations from show participants over the last 5 years, over 3,000+ lbs of hygiene/non perishable food items were collected to help the homeless. The donations were given to Pathways To Care “a not-for-profit assisted living facility which provides recuperative care to homeless men & women recovering from an acute illness of injury”. It was an amazing car show for a good cause. Hope to see some more ERAU students there next year!
Couldn’t get enough from the previous Wanna Go Fast video?? Neither could I, here’s part two!!
Wanna Go Fast Ocala 2017, held at the Jumbolair Airport located in Ocala, Florida, nestled in the Horse Capital of the World, took place October 28 & 29. Participants were given a chance to take their vehicles top speed down Jumbolair’s private 7550 foot runway and race door-to-door against the competitor of their choice. I was thrilled to attend and capture this great footage. Check it out!
What? SOFIA is NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy – a modified 747SP aircraft that carries a 2.5-meter, 17-ton infrared telescope.
Where? Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport and the adjacent Embry-Riddle campus, as part of SOFIA’s first scientific mission to be flown over the Atlantic Ocean.
Why? The purpose of the SOFIA mission will be to observe Triton – the largest moon of Neptune – as it passes by and conceals or “occults” a star called UCAC4 410-143659. This type of event is best captured by a mobile research facility such as SOFIA, high above the clouds.
Who? Tours offered exclusively to Embry-Riddle students, faculty and staff.
When? SOFIA arrived October 2, tours took place October 4, observation missions took place the night of October 6. Read more about the mission here.